HL Deb 22 June 1915 vol 19 cc82-3

Order of the Day for the Third Reading read.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 3a. (Lord Stanmore.)

On Question, Bill read 3a.

Clause 36:

Power to deal in gas fittings, &c.

36.—(1) The Town Council may sell purchase acquire supply let for hire fix repair alter and remove and contract for doing work in connection with (but shall not manufacture) engines stoves ranges pipes and other gas fittings for lighting motive heating ventilating cooking or any other purposes (all of which are hereinafter in this section included in the expression "fittings") and may provide all materials and work necessary or proper in that behalf and with respect thereto may demand and take such remuneration or rents and charges and make such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon.

(2) Any fittings let on hire under the provisions of this section shall not be subject to poinding or to the landlord's hypothee or remedy for rent or be liable to diligence under any process of law or any proceedings against the person in whose possession the same may be in the event of his bankruptcy or insolvency and such fittings notwithstanding that they be fixed or fastened to any part of any premises in which they may be situate or to the soil under any such premises shall at all times continue to be the property of and be removable by the Town Council Provided that such fittings are marked or impressed with a sufficient mark or brand indicating the Town Council as the actual owners thereof.

(3) Provided as follows:

  1. (A) The Town Council shall so adjust the, charges to be made by them for any such fittings or for the fixing repairing or removal thereof as to meet any expenditure by them under the powers of this section in connexion therewith (including interest upon moneys borrowed for those purposes and all sums applied to sinking fund for repayment of moneys so borrowed):
  2. (B) Every sum charged by the Town Council in respect of the provision of such fittings or the fixing repairing or removal thereof shall be separately stated on every demand note delivered by the Town Council to the consumer:
  3. (c) The total sums expended and received by the Town Council in connexion with the purposes in this section mentioned in each year (including interest and sinking fund) shall be separately shown in the published accounts of the gas undertaking of the Town Council for that year.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 30 of the Act of 1865 the Town Council shall not manufacture fittings.

Amendments moved—

Clause 36, page 16, line 28 [subsection (1)], leave out ("sell purchase") and insert ("purchase sell"), and leave out ("acquire supply")

Clause 36, page 16, line 29, leave out ("alter")

Clause 36, page 16, lines 29 and 30, leave out ("and contract for doing work in connection with")

Clause 36, after line 37 insert:

"(2) The Town Council may enter into contracts for the execution of any of the powers of this section and shall not themselves lay any pipes on the consumer's premises except between the main of the Town Council and the consumer's meter and except pipes necessary to connect any fittings to existing pipes on such premises nor shall they sell any fittings except through a contractor."

Clause 36, page 17, lines 3 to 7, leave out from ("insolvency") to ("Provided").—Lord Stanmore.)

On Question, Amendments agreed to.

Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.